HOPE announces the Completion of a Climate Change Video Toolkit Development Workshop

Koror, PW—February 3, 2017— Climate Change is real and remote small islands in the Pacific are the first to experience the impacts. We cannot stop climate change but we can adapt to the changes that we are facing. To begin helping communities prepare for these changes, the Hatohobei Organization for People and Environment (HOPE) in collaboration with several partners completed a Climate Change Video Toolkit Development Workshop from Monday, January 23, 2017 toFriday, January 27, 2016 held at the Palau Community College/Palau Tourism & Hospitality School of Excellence Classroom.


The Workshop succeeded in developing outlines for a video toolkit that supports (1) communicating climate change impacts and understanding potential impacts to local communities, and 2) identifying early actions that communities can take to build resilience of natural and social systems (e.g. livelihoods, food security, water security, culture, health and  safety,) to these changes. It also developed outlines for two inspiring local case studies (i.e. Helen Reef and Nimpal Marine Conservation Area) of communities who have taken action to manage local resources and build resilience of their communities and natural resources. The Climate Change Video Toolkit will be completed and launched in August 2017 with pilot communities in Palau and Yap with support from HOPE, Yap Community Action Program, Nimpal Marine Conservation Area, OneReef, and The Nature Conservancy. Learning together, Palau and Yap, will further Micronesia and Pacific communities at a regional scale to find innovative ways to support remote communities to understand and adapt to climate change.

The workshop was funded through a grant received by HOPE in July 2016 titled “Improving Community Climate Resilience in Micronesia” supported by the USAID – funded Pacific American Climate Fund and made possible with the generous support of the American People. Other funding comes from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT), and the Pacific Islands Marine Protected Area Community (PIMPAC).

For more information, press only: Ms. Mary Yangilmau Telephone no. 488-4408 or cell no. 775-5701 myangilmau.hope@gmail.com [/restrict]